Mission... I'm Possible

Next mission, should you choose to accept.... Walk!

Walk or engage in any type of aerobic exercise for at least 1 hour each day for the next 10 days.  If you have a pedometer or "Fit Bit" device, aim for 10000 steps each day. 

Where did the 10000 steps per day recommendations come from?

Originally, this came from a marketing campaign in Japan in the 1960s, when a company marketed pedometersunder the name "manpo-kei" which translates to the "10,000 steps meter".  Studies conducted since then have shown there are health benefits associated with getting 10000 steps in per day, including a decrease in weight (you burn between 200 and 400 more calories with 10,000 steps per day), lowered blood pressure, decrease in high blood glucose levels, and overall improvement in the function of the immune system. 

In America, the CDC does not endorse the "10,000 steps per day" recommendation, but instead recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate activity (which equates to about 8000 steps per day). 

In our clinic, we like to break up this routine, and enjoy taking a 10-15 minute lap around the clinic building at lunch, taking a 20 minute walk before or after work (often while listening to podcasts or good music), or hitting a class at the gym a few times a week.

Click here to learn more about the benefits of 10,000 steps: www.shapeup.org